NUKES OF HAZARD PODCAST:
In 1961, the Soviet Union tested the largest nuclear weapon in history. At about 3,800 times more powerful than the bombs used against Japan, the effects were unimaginable. This episode dives into this, and other harrowing stories of nuclear testing, and includes an interview with Dr. Michael Mills, a scientific expert on the catastrophic consequences of a nuclear war — known as nuclear winter. Listen on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or SoundCloud.
In an op-ed in POLITICO, Amb. Thomas Graham Jr., a Center National Advisory Board Member, and Bernadette Stadler, the Center’s Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow explain why expanding missile defense could lead to a new arms race. To read the op-ed, click here.
COUNCIL AND CENTER QUIZ:
Council Quiz Winner: Amalie Callahan rightly answered last week’s Council quiz naming President Grover Cleveland as the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive presidential terms.
Center Quiz Winner: No one correctly answered last week’s Center quiz. North Korea has conducted 10 ballistic missile tests so far in 2017.
This Week’s Council Quiz: For how many years in a row has Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act?
This Week’s Center Quiz: In which year did the United States ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)?
The first person to send us the correct answer(s) will get a shout out in next week’s newsletter. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT WE ARE READING:
Last month, a group of senators led by Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the “Advancing American Missile Defense Act” (AAMDA); the bill calls for expanding Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), mandating billion in spending on an unproven system with a troubled development history. To learn more, click here.
The Council has listed and analyzed several problematic provisions currently included in the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act relating to nuclear weapons and strategic arms control treaties. To know more, click here.
The Council has been diligently communicating its positions to Congress on various topics including the cost of the B-21 long-range strategic bomber, objecting to a major buy of F-35 aircraft, and much more. For more details, click here.
On June 20, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation board chair, Edward Levine was part of a panel discussion on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Negotiation & Ratification, part of a day-long State Department forum on “The CWC 1997-2017: Progress, Challenges, and Reinforcing the Global Norm against Chemical Weapons.” Levine discussed the lessons to be learned from the Senate’s consideration of the Chemical Weapons Convention 20 years ago.
Senator Martin Heinrich, who the Council for a Livable World endorsed in 2012, is running for re-election in 2018. To make a contribution to his re-election campaign, click here.
The Council has endorsed Senator Jon Tester of Montana for re-election. To make a contribution to his re-election campaign, click here.